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Is Racing About to Return?

Several motorsports facilities and tracks across the nation announced plans to reopen and host race events, while following recommended guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Perris Auto Speedway
Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian has announced the half-mile clay oval will open its 2020 season on May 23, with the annual “Salute to Indy” event featuring the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. The track will also open for private practice sessions as soon as May 2. For more information on the practice sessions and its guidelines, visit here. For more information, visit

Gresham Motorsports Park
Local drivers can schedule a private practice session at Gresham Motorsports Park in accordance with up-to-date social distancing regulations. To schedule a session, contact [email protected]. Additionally, Gresham Motorsports Park has delayed the Peach State Classic until October 23-25. For more information, visit


Knoxville Raceway

Officials have announced the Knoxville Raceway season opener is set for Saturday, May 16. For more information, visit

North Carolina
Tri-County Race Track

The Schaeffer’s Oil Tarheel Invitational presented by, a 40-lap Super Late Model event, is scheduled to take place April 30 without fans in attendance. Track officials have contacted local authorities for approval to run the event. For more information, visit


Brushcreek Motorsports Complex

In close consultation with local officials and stringent adherence to state guidelines, including executive orders from Governor Mike Dewine, Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, OH, will host its 20th annual season-opening event on Saturday, May 9, featuring UMP-style late models, modifieds, Legend cars and more. Although no spectators will be allowed in the grandstands, the BMC website has information on extremely limited trackside parking. Participants will be limited with carefully placed parking areas a recommended distance away.

Fans are encouraged to support the track and the industry by tuning into the broadcast on Pit Row TV. For more information, including the government regulations that will be implemented on race day, visit, and the track’s Facebook (@BrushcreekMotorsports) and Twitter (@BMCupdates) accounts.


Four Eastern Tennessee dirt track owners, Mitch McCarter (411 Speedway), Roger Sellers (Smoky
Mountain Speedway
), Gary Hall (Tazewell Speedway), and Landon Stallard (Volunteer Speedway), have agreed on a revised schedule of events for the 2020 season. The calendar opens Saturday, May 2, at 411 with a $2,500-to-win Topless Outlaws event. An open practice will also be held at Tazewell the same night. The following week, Tazewell and Volunteer will host their respective weekly racing series.For more information and the complete schedules, visit here or visit


South Carolina
Cherokee Speedway

The inaugural Palmetto Invitational paying $10,000-to-win Super Late Model event is set to take place on May 2. Fans can watch the pay-per-view race on, as no spectators will be allowed in the stands. The track will also host closed practice sessions. For more information, visit

Darlington Dragway
Darlington Dragway, with permission from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, will hold test sessions under strict guidelines, as reported by Drag Illustrated. Guidelines include social distancing, temperature checks, and no spectators. Deputies will be on hand to ensure the guidelines are followed. For more information, visit


Slinger Super Speedway
Although some events through May have been canceled, Slinger Super Speedway plans to return to racing May 17, when Super Late Models will take to the track, followed by the EH Wolf & Sons Memorial Day Spectacular on May 24. For more information, visit

The World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing have announced the launch of the Return To Racing initiative, along with a new Resource Center available on the two organizations’ websites ( and


The Return To Racing initiative features a set of guidelines and procedures developed with the support of motorsports experts Agajanian & Anthony, P.C., Jeff Ladd at Sports Insurance Specialists, LLC, and Dr. Jack Faircloth, MD, a coordinating panelist for the North Mecklenburg (NC) COVID-19 Response Team.

Included in the initiative is a 10-step guide that is designed for tracks regardless of its location and government restrictions in the area. Officials are also encouraging tracks to use the Executive Summary document to reflect the conditions in their specific region. For more information, visit and

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